Every area school besides UIC still has scholarships that could be filled for the 2010-2011 basketball season, but it seems like many are struggling on the recruiting trail. Northwestern has had a number of high profile near misses and recently it was announced that Loyola had missed out on a player that could've helped inside in the Horizon League.
Northwestern missed out on Ben Brust when he officially committed to Wisconsin on Saturday according to Madison.com. The Wildcats will get to see once or twice a season what they missed out on. While Brust probably wasn't a perfect fit for what the Wildcats wanted to do in recruiting, he's a talented player that would've made sense on the roster.
Also, Ben Mills - a 7'1" recruit from Wisconsin - signed with Colorado. After originally committing to Boise State Mills had reopened his recruiting this spring. Northwestern had made Mills an offer according to the Denver Post.
Another 7-footer that Loyola was recruiting heavily, Alec Brown, has decided to play for another school in the Horizon League. Brown is going to suit up for the Green Bay Phoenix next season according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. It is Brian Wardle's first big recruiting move as he takes over as head man of the Phoenix. It is also worth noting that Demovsky quotes someone as saying that Brown might be a better player than Mills who is going high-major.
I'll keep my eyes and ear open and hopefully recruiting turns around soon for the Chicago schools.